An EKG Mural on Ludlow Street as Commentary on Richard Prince

Posted on: September 10th, 2018 at 5:02 am by

Copying a copier who copies. That’s the gist of this new mural in the vacant lot at 159 Ludlow Street.

Street artist Adrian Wilson a few weeks ago replaced his two-year-old effort – “You’re here, now what?” – with a spoof on controversial creative Richard Prince.

The mural is a life-size Instagram recreation of Prince’s profile with a series of his forged signatures as EKG printouts. That eventually flatline.

“Richard Prince always copies other people’s work, so I copied his Instagram page,” Wilson tells us. “I then copied his signature and used it to create an electrocardiogram which flatlines.”

“The message is clearly about going bigger than him, copying his most legally protected asset and showing that copying leads to the death of originality.“

Richard Prince is an American painter and photographer who struck controversy early in his career (1970s) by re-photographing others’ photographs.

Wilson also had a purple Prince dedication in this same lot after the singer’s death in 2016.

Recent Stories

Whole Foods Hogs Sidewalk with Amazon Prime Now Delivery Bike Fleet

The Whole Foods on the Bowery thinks it owns the sidewalk. Just look to the entrance, where a gaggle of delivery bikes, with long flatbeds hitched, are parked awaiting parcels. It even wraps around onto the Bowery. This is the fleet of vehicles whose sole purpose is fulfilling Amazon’s Prime Now delivery service. The sidewalk […]

Someone is Growing Corn Stalks on Delancey Street

Talk about farm to table… A guerrilla farmer is growing corn on Delancey Street, but you wouldn’t necessarily notice on first passing. The decrepit flower box outside the Allen Mall Bathhouse on Delancey Street is chock full of plantings. And the growing glut of crap behind it keeps you away. Gaze there, though, and you’ll […]

Rivington House Sells to Mystery Buyer for $160M

The saga of Rivington House continues this week with news of its sale. Indeed, three years after Slate Property Group, China Vanke Co., and Adam America Real Estate together purchased the property, the ownership team is cashing out. Price paid for the real estate was $116 million; sale price is $159.6 million. For the moment, […]

Report: Tenant Files Lawsuit Over Alleged Roach Infestation at 261 Broome Street

A new tenant at 261 Broome Street filed a lawsuit against the landlord, claiming that an alleged roach infestation forced her to leave after only four days on-premise back in June. The complaint, filed this week in Manhattan Supreme Court by Julia Perry, alleges that the infestation was so severe that the critters even found […]

‘Douzo’ Sushi Opens on Delancey Street

Two years after the closure of Berkli Parc, the southwest corner of Allen and Delancey Streets is finally active again. The plywood shed was recently removed to reveal terra-cotta marquee and identity of the next tenant – Douzo. For the new venture, Sushisamba veteran Koji Kagawa teamed up with Chatchai Huadwattana of the Chace Restaurant […]